Volunteers gear up for BATTLE Luncheon

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The annual Breast Cancer Awareness To Teach Ladies Early Detection (BATTLE) luncheon is counting down the days and adding up the volunteers.

The event which is in its 19th year will once again have two students from each high school in the county volunteer their time that day to help serve the expected over 350 guests.

Peggy Crawford, one of the volunteer leaders of the event and cofounder of the event, explained to the students at an informal student volunteer meeting the purpose of BATTLE and the role it plays in cancer prevention.

“We aim to inform people on the best methods to fight breast cancer and support those who have dealt with the disease,” said Crawford.

Crawford also explained to the students how helpful their roles were in keeping the program running smoothly. The students while helping serve will also get a dose of education with information from the featured speaker.

This year’s event will feature Dwalia South. South has practiced medicine for over 30 years. She is also an accomplished author.

South who has served as the Mississippi State Medical Association President from 2007-08 president specializes in family medicine while collecting stories from her life to illustrate the ups and downs of a small town doctor. South’s book is called Una Voce. South will provide pertinent information in the fight against cancer as well as entertain the expected over 350 person crowd.

This year’s event is set for Thursday, September 27 at noon in the Lake Tiak-O’Khata dining area. The program was initiated by Peggy Crawford and Glenda Gregory in 1999 and had a guest list of 28 during its first year. Last year, the Breast Cancer Awareness To Teach Ladies Early Detection luncheon catered to over 300 men and women.

Anyone interested in attending or survivors interested in participating in the fashion show should contact Crawford at 773-3696 or Gregory at 773-5531 or the extension office at 773-3091. Those wishing to sponsor the event should also contact Crawford or Gregory or the extension office. Persons wishing to purchase tickets may call also. Sponsorships are available to purchase tables or provide door prizes. Winston Medical Center once again will be a top sponsor of the event.